Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Calgarians Were Treated to the Northern Lights Last Night!

As Calgarians, we are incredibly fortunate to live in one of the few places where "Lady Aurora" frequently dances. We've seen some great shows in the past, and last night was no exception. Here are a few pictures shared by Calgarians on social media from last night's spectacle:

Ralph Kelley Corpin on Facebook

Nicole Tilma Chiu on Facebook

Philip Codilla on Facebook

Sandoval Arturo on Facebook

Ern Padilla on Facebook

Sissy Sierra on Facebook

March through May are great months to see the northern lights, so we expect to see more great shows over the next couple of months!

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

A Calgarian Giraffe Was in “The Last of Us”!

Viewers of the HBO show "The Last of Us" saw a Calgarian in the season finale on Sunday! His name is Nabo, and he lives at the Calgary Zoo. He is the tallest of the giraffes at 17ft, which may have been what landed him the role.

The production of the hit show filmed the scenes with Nabo directly at the zoo. They could have used CGI for the giraffe, but Nabo's scene was of such importance to the story that the location manager, Matt Palmer, said in the Making of The Last Of Us documentary that "What [he] quickly learned after doing the research on the game was just how critically important this one moment is to the whole story of the game." He acknowledges CGI could have been used but said it would not have been the same.

Visual effects were used for this scene, but only to create the background for it, as Nabo was in an enclosure fitted with blue panelling so the special effects crew could remove the background and replace it with the proper one for the show.

Calgarians can go to the Calgary Zoo now to visit one of our newest Calgarian celebrities!

Image credit: HBO Max

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

A New Netflix Show Will Be Filmed in Calgary!

A new Western action drama, "The Abandons," has been ordered by Netflix, and it will start filming in Calgary this year!

The series has been in the works since November 2021, with at least ten episodes for the first season. This show will be executive produced by Kurt Sutter, also known for projects such as "Sons of Anarchy," "Southpaw," and "The Shield."

The official description of this new show reads as follows:

"As a group of diverse, outlier families pursue their Manifest Destiny in 1850s Oregon, a corrupt force of wealth and power, coveting their land, tries to force them out. These abandoned souls, the kind of lost souls living on the fringe of society, unite their tribes to form a family and fight back. In this bloody process, 'justice' is stretched beyond the boundaries of the law. The Abandons will explore that fine line between survival and law, the consequences of violence, and the corrosive power of secrets, as this family fights to keep their land."

No information is available about the cast, but the ACTRA website indicates that it will be filmed in "Calgary and surrounding areas" from June to November this year.

It is exciting that more productions are looking to Calgary as a filming destination. We'll update you when more information is available about the show!